Here and Now
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 2 Corinthians 4:16–4:18, Matthew 6:31–6:33, 2 Corinthians 5:8–5:9, 2 Peter 3:13–3:14, 1 Peter 5:8–5:10, James 1:12, Matthew 6:19–6:21, Matthew 9:36, 1 Peter 1:3–1:4,
Here and Now
As a Christian, how you live in the here and now should be shaped by what you believe about the there and then. Heavenly-minded Christians are of great earthly good.
2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Eternal Perspective #1
1. Builds Our Confidence
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Eternal Perspective #2
2. Overcomes Our Worries
Matthew 6:31-33 NIV
So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Eternal Perspective #3
3. Clarifies Our Purpose
2 Corinthians 5:8-9 NIV
We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
Eternal Perspective #4
4. Motivates Our Purity
2 Peter 3:13-14 NIV
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
Eternal Perspective #5
5. Strengthens Our Resolve
1 Peter 5:8-10 NIV
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Eternal Perspective #6
6. Grows Our Perseverance
James 1:12 NIV
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Eternal Perspective #7
7. Fuels Our Generosity
Matthew 6:19-21 NIV
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Eternal Perspective #8
8. Deepens Our Compassion
Matthew 9:36 NIV
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Eternal Perspective #9
9. Inspires Our Praise
1 Peter 1:3-4 NIV
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,
(1) Be knowledgeable about heaven. Above all else, the Bible needs to be the foundation for our beliefs about heaven and the afterlife. So keep reading. Keep learning. Keep exploring. (2) Be certain about heaven. Heaven isn't gained by being good enough. No, heaven is ours through the forgiveness and the perfection of Jesus that we experience by faith alone in Christ alone. Because of Jesus, we can be confident that heaven is our inheritance and that we will be with the Lord for all eternity. (3) Be excited about heaven. We look forward to the time when Jesus returns to this earth and God will wipe away every tear from our eyes. Until that time comes, we wait and we work for His kingdom, because what we do in the here and now matters for the there and then.
We have limited copies of the booklet "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn. It's a compilation of biblical answers to common questions about heaven. You can pick up your copy at the Adults desk in the lobby.
Next week, Pastors Dan and Ken will conclude the series with a Q&A session about the Afterlife. You can submit a question by filling out an index card and placing it in one of the boxes at the Welcome Center or you can send it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org